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Why I became a bone marrow donor

by Molly Bozak / St. Louis Blues

When I was 13 years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

You never want to hear those words. You don't even know how to react to them. But my mom is strong and she's doing just fine today. She has been clear for 10 years now, which is crazy to think about.

I tell you that story because I want you to know that just like nearly everyone else, my family has been impacted by cancer. Years later, when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, I remember seeing a booth set up on campus to encourage people to join the bone marrow registry. Why not? I swabbed my cheek, shared my contact information and went on with my day.

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Sportscaster's marathon trip for Hockey Fights Cancer in home stretch

Simpson also promoting book while seeing 31 NHL games in 31 days

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Rob Simpson is holding up well.

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Short Shifts

Eleven-year-old leukemia survivor wows with national anthem on violin

Tyler Figueroa-Butler performed 'Star-Spangled Banner' for Hurricanes game

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Butler plays the anthem on violin

ANA@CAR: Butler plays national anthem on the violin

Eleven-year-old cancer survivor Tyler Figueroa-Butler plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" on violin, as the Hurricanes honor Hockey Fights Cancer

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Tyler Figueroa-Butler, an 11-year-old leukemia survivor, played a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on his violin at PNC Arena on Friday.

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Hockey Fights Cancer month strikes emotional chord with editor

Initiative daily reminder of what makes game, community special

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Hockey Fights Cancer month is a lot more personal for me than it was when I started at 11 years ago.

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Hockey Fights Cancer daily digest

Latest news, images from around NHL @NHLdotcom

Welcome to Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the campaign, which unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families.

Here is the latest Hockey Fights Cancer news from around the League.

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Petry inspired by loss of grandfather to lead Canadiens' Bowvember effort

Defenseman, teammates make game against Hurricanes black-tie affair for prostate cancer awareness

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / Columnist

MONTREAL -- A bow tie, Jeff Petry admits with a chuckle, is a mystery.

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Marner of Maple Leafs has 'hero' in 6-year-old Hayden Foulon

Forward inspired by friend, biggest fan, who is being treated for leukemia

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / Staff Writer

LONDON, Ontario -- At first blush, Hayden Foulon's bedroom looks like a shrine to Mitchell Marner.

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Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire share bond during Hockey Fights Cancer month

'NHL on NBC' broadcasters discuss beating disease

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer

For Mike (Doc) Emrick, the moment meant so much.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Eddie Olczyk

'NHL on NBC' analyst on Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, beating disease

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs throughout the 2018-19 regular season. We talk to key figures in and around the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the most recent news.

The latest edition features former NHL forward/current "NHL on NBC" analyst Eddie Olczyk, who fought and beat Stage 3 colon cancer.

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Lauren Boyle held jewelry party to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer

Newly named NHL Ambassador raised over $8,000 during event

by Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils /

Sunday, November 18, the Devils traveled to Carolina for an evening game against the Hurricanes. While the team was on the road, Lauren Boyle, newly named NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador and wife of Devils forward Brian Boyle, hosted a jewelry party where 30% of all sales benefitted Hockey Fights Cancer.

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